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April 15, 2013

Inside Politics

All eyes on the House for Trudeau vs. Harper, Round 2

by Kady O’Malley Posted: April 15, 2013 7:48 AM Last Updated: April 15, 2013 3:22 PM

As the House gets back to regularly scheduled parliamentary business after the two-week Easter break, all eyes will undoubtedly be on the Chamber during Question Period this afternoon, as Justin Trudeau takes on the PM as Liberal leader for the first time.

(Both Conservatives and Liberals are doubtless crossing their respective and collective fingers that this afternoon’s exchange goes more smoothly than when the pair crossed rhetorical swords in the Commons last month, and a visibly nervous Trudeau came off as scripted and uncertain, while the PM accidentally referred to him, not once but twice, as ‘minister.’ )

Also on the Commons agenda today: a day-long debate on a somewhat impish NDP motion to “condemn the tax hikes introduced by the government in Budget 2013 on hospital parking, bicycles, baby strollers, coffee makers” and, of course, “iPods,” as well as miscellaneous “other goods and services.”

Elsewhere on the parliamentary circuit:

  • International Trade continues its study into the pros and cons of full membership in the Pacific Alliance with the help of representatives from the North-South Institute and Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export, as well as Carleton University political science professor Laura MacDonald and University of Ottawa senior fellow Carlo Dade.
  • Meanwhile, at Justice, Canadian Medical Association president Anne Reid shares her thoughts on a Senate-backed bill to permit mixed-martial arts prize fights to be held in Canada at Justice, with members also scheduled to hear from departmental officials and events medical consultant Samuel Gutman.
  • Finally, both Canadian Heritage and Defence go behind closed doors to work on reports on the state of the Canadian entertainment software industry, and NATO and Canada’s role in international defence cooperation, respectively.

Outside the precinct, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore takes part in the official send-off for the National Arts Centre orchestra as it embarks on its first ever tour of China.

Veterans Affairs Minister Steve Blaney joins Defence Minister Peter MacKay at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum for the official unveiling of the new Bomber Command honour.

For up to the minute dispatches from the precinct and beyond, keep your eye on the Parliament Hill Ticker below — or, alternatively,bookmark it and check back throughout the day.